Okay, I agree, they Daytona 500 featured real racing. I thought the racing was good last Sunday. There was some intrigue in the race, and for a period of time it looked like a story book ending to Jeff Gordon’s last ride in NASCAR’s biggest race. In the end, our favorite piece of Sliced Bread grew up to a half loaf and stole the checkered flag for himself. Truly though, congratulations to Joey Logano on the big win.
Word has come down that Kurt Busch has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR for an incident that may have occurred in Dover last season. The allegations are domestic abuse by Kurt on his then girlfriend at the time. Seeing the findings by the Delaware Family Court (Something like that so I apologize if I got the exact working incorrectly) that the incident does appear to have been domestic violence.
A week or so before the first on track action of the season, Jeff Gordon announced that the 2015 campaign is going to be his last full time drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. If you are a reader of this blog, you probably already know that I am a Gordon fan. I try to keep my personal cheering for Gordon out of my writing, but I am sure it shines through from time to time.
I realize that it has been a long time since I have written anything to update this website. It has not been a lack of interest towards racing, it has been a lack of interest in parts of my life. Bigger lacks of interest to a lot of things other than writing about racing. Some of it was even a lack of interest in even going on with what my life was at that time.
After watching the race at California, it came to my mind that NASCAR and it’s broadcast partners should have a list of promises, or code of broadcast, that should be adhered to. I tweeted during the race my displeasure with a replay not being shown and how the race was officiated. So here is my list that I believe should be considered:
The racing was good today, but we had the appearance that there may have been tire problems. A number of cars had tire issues throughout the race. It was apparent during the last run of the race that tires blew left and right. Jimmie Johnson was leading the race and lost a tire.
This week at Las Vegas, it looked like Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the win. Steve Letarte made a call to fuel early and try to make it to the end of the race on a thin margin of fuel. Unfortunately for Jr. there was just not enough fuel in the tank to take the win. Maybe a quarter of a cup more fuel in the tank, and Twitter’s servers would be burning up with tweets about Jr. winning his second race of the season. Instead Jr. gets his second second place finish of the season. Not a bad average though for the 88 crew, they are showing they are a true contender each week.
So the Daytona 500 has come to pass for another year. The excitement of the Great American Race has come and gone. What an interesting day it was for sure on Sunday. We had all the pageantry of opening day for NASCAR’s biggest series, as well as seeing all of our favorite drivers finally hitting the track.